Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Looking to start your career in early childhood education and care? This course teaches you how to support children’s development when working with babies or children up to 6 years in family day care, after-school care or other childcare environments.
+ Childcare Worker
+ Family Day Carer
+ Child Carer
+ Childcare Assistant
+ Duration: 9-12 months
+ Work placement: 160 hours
Local students Yes
International students No
Is this funded?
Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.
How can I study?
This course is available to study on campus, in Melbourne CBD, Werribee, Tasmania, or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.
Satisfied with training
- 92.4% Satisfied with training
- 92.4% Satisfied with training
Percentage of graduates of this course who were satisfied with the training.
Improved work status
- 74.4% Improved work status
- 74.4% Improved work status
Percentage of graduates of this course who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay.
Average weekly pay
- $953 weekly pay
- $953 weekly pay
Average weekly pay for a Child Carer. You usually need a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to work as a Child Carer.
National code: CHC30121
Units: 15 core + 2 elective
Location: MCIE City Campus, Level 8 & 9, 250 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Program delivery: Blended training
Work placement: 160 hours
Total duration: 36 – 52 weeks
Delivery weeks: 36 – 48 weeks
Holiday weeks: 4 weeks depending on course start date
Government subsidised: $150*
Government concession: $30*
Textbooks and MCIE T-Shirt: $190^
*This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.
Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.
^Students can decide whether they wish to purchase soft copy or hard copy textbooks.
Job titles may include:
Family Day Carer
According to the Victorian Skills Authority, there were 31,021 Child Carers employed in Victoria in 2022, with 2,734 workers required by 2025.
The National Skills Commission indicates:
There are currently 136,100 Child Carers employed in Australia
Future growth for this role is at nearly 6%
Weekly earnings for Child Carers are around $1,059
47% of Child Carers work full-time
95% of Child Carers are women, with an average age of 33.
There are no prerequisite qualifications required to enter this program.
Education and skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.
You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.
All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.
Students with disabilities
MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this program is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all program requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.
Students must have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.
Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):
National Police Check
Working with Children Check
Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations
Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.
Blended training delivery
This program is delivered as blended training, both in-person and remotely in real-time via Microsoft Teams, for approximately 7.5 hours per week, with up to 5 hours trainer-directed learning each week.
This course is also available as a traineeship for domestic (local) students.
Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, work placement journals, logbooks, portfolios and projects. Most assessments are delivered online via the Canvas LMS.
We recommend that students have access to a laptop or tablet to submit their assessments. MCIE provides access to Microsoft Office.
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.
Start a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Werribee Campus. Situated in the heart of the Melbourne suburb Werribee, the MCIE campus is located at the end of Watton Street, near the local Woolworths and Bunnings stores. Just 32km south of the city CBD, the Werribee campus is a three-minute walk from public transport services, including the Werribee train station and Duncans Road bus stop. The campus is also accessible by car, but do keep in mind that street parking is limited in the area.
Werribee Campus Map
Study a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Just an 8-minute walk to the stunning Alexandra Gardens – The perfect place to study or relax after a class. Getting to the Melbourne CBD campus is even easier with the Flinders Street Railway Station just 5 minutes down the block.
Melbourne City Campus Map
I enjoyed and learned lot studying at MCIE
It was great experience studying here. Everyone one was very supportive and friendly .My trainer Ayesha is an amazing teacher and I’m so grateful to have her. She made it easy to understand . Thank you for teaching our class and helping us through the learning process.Her course knowledge and expertise in teaching has put our minds at ease.I would also like to thank entire MCIE team for their quick response and support .
I would highly recommend this institute.
Great company and everyone is so friendly!
Great company everyone is so friendly and wants to help anyone that needs help… the courses are great and the teachers are always happy, friendly and willing to go above and beyond to assist.
Studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood was my stepping stone
Hi everyone, let me tell you of how MCIE was my stepping stone to many avenues. First of all, I will thank Najaah, Maggie, Gemma, Decshen, Hayli, Jumbee and Maryann for their help. As an International student, I felt welcomed from the start. I enrolled in Certificate III Early Childhood last year. Through Hayli’s guidance and patience, I was able to complete my placement where I was offered a job in childcare. With hard work, things went smoothly. I would recommend others to join MCIE as they are just there for you. Thank you very much to all.
I love this child care coure!
This is the best course to start your career in the booming Child care industry. I love the staff and atmosphere at MCIE !